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Ancient Egypt Cities Leveled by Massive Volcano (reported by National Geographic News)

Egyptian archaeologists unearthed traces of solidified lava on the northern coast of Sinai that date to around 1500 B.C., which they say supports accounts that ancient Egyptian settlements were buried by a massive volcanic eruption in the Mediterranean.

Zahi Hawass, secretary general of the council, said the lava and ash hail from Santorini, an eastern Mediterranean volcano that has been linked to the myth of Atlantis.

There had already been found accounts from ancient artwork and documents that recount the destruction of coastal cities in Egypt and Palestine during the 15th dynasty (1650-1550 B.C.), when foreigners known as the Hyksos ruled Egypt.

National Geographic writes, "The archaeologists also theorize that the volcano created a giant tsunami that swept the lava all the way to Egypt. A Santorini-caused tsunami is believed to have helped wipe out the Minoan civilization, based on nearby Crete."

The Discovery channel reported that the 'lost city of Cleopatra' "was submerged by tidal waves and earthquakes in 335 A.D." It was rediscovered in 1998. However, the BBC reported that "Researchers believe the city was sent to the bottom of the Mediterranean after an earthquake rocked the region more than 1,000 years ago."

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